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Wilburn Dugger Award

The Wilburn Dugger Award is the Athletic Departments highest honor. Named in honor of former High School Principal Wilburn Dugger. The DCA coaching staff selects the recipient and goes to the senior student-athlete who excells in academics, athletes and their spiritual walk. The award carries a $1,000 scholarship provided by the Athletic Booster Club.

Wilburn Dugger was principal at Donelson Christian from 1977- March 1980. The Lord called him home on March 24, 1980, and it was a sad day for DCA. However, Donelson Christian's loss was heaven's gain. Even though his tenure here was brief, his life impacted the life of anyone who met him. His walk with Christ was one of total surrender. Everything he said and did exemplified His Lord and Savior. He was truly a godly man. Mr. Dugger was more than a principal as he was also an adviser, confidant, and trustworthy friend to those he served. He loved Donelson Christian and all those connected with the school.

He was a man of small statute, but his jovial personality, and sense of humor were great characteristics that just drew people to him. Though he loved everything about DCA, he endeared himself to the athletic program. Being in another conference at the time, he worked very hard, getting down in the ditches with his coaches, athletes, and their parents to ensure funds were available to run the program and travel to other states to play ball. When it came to the athletes, he stressed the positives in each of them. Winning was important to him, but he stressed Christian character the most. Mr. Dugger never missed a game. He would have his vehicle in the caravan with all the parents who traveled to the games far away. One memory about Mr. Dugger from those who knew him best was how he used his brown station wagon to transport injured athletes to hospital that was located across the street. He would stay as long as it was necessary with the athlete and the family. His love, care, and compassion always showed through him. The Wilburn Dugger Memorial Award honors the athlete who exemplifies the utmost qualities of Christian character.

Mary Belle Melvin Female Christian Athlete of the Year

Named in honor of long time teacher and coach Mary Belle Melvin. This award goes to the female student-athlete whose spiritual walk best exemplies the life of Christ and is selected by the DCA coaching staff.

Mary Belle Melvin came to Donelson Christian in 1975. At the time Donelson Christian wanted to offer the ladies in the school the opportunity to play athletics. Though teaching a full load at Donelson Christian, one of her main responsibilities was to build an athletic program for the girls. She served as the only girls' coach for three sports for ten to twelve years. In the early years, Donelson Christian had no gymnasium for the basketball and volleyball teams so the teams had to make arrangements to practice for basketball and volleyball, sometimes that was limited floor space and one goal.
There was not land space for a softball field so practices and games were held in the back yards of homes and even in cow pastures. Then fields were reserved in the parks or community fields nearby. When more land space became available on site, she and a few parents took the initiative to make available a softball field, so a backstop and side fences to protect the players on the sidelines were built. Rocks were removed from the infield by hand, and the mowing was done by her and committed parents. Often times, Miss Melvin spent her own money or raised funds to buy equipment for the girls' athletic program.

Miss Melvin is currently on staff, though not coaching. She has served as teacher, elementary principal and spiritual life director. Her entire tenure as educator has been at Donelson Christian Academy.

Mike Brown Male Christian Athlete of the Year

Named in honor of long time teacher and coach Mike Brown. Mr. Brown was hired in 1973 as the Wildcats first full-time coach. He started and coached many of DCA's athletic programs. He served as the head coach of the boys basketball team for 13 years. As Athletic Director,  Coach Brown spearheaded DCA's move to TSSAA in 1983. Brown has served as a teacher, coach, high school principal and today as Director of Technology. His leadership has put DCA's use of technology in the classroom on the cutting edge. All DCA students are now equiped with tablet laptops to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

This award goes to the male student-athlete whose spiritual walk best exemplifies the life of Christ and is selected by the DCA coaching staff.

Ken Willey Ultimate Team Award

Named in honor of former High School Principal Ken Willey. Mr. Willey served as DCA's High School Principal from 2002-2010. His support of all DCA programs and his genoristy behind the scenes for students, faculty and families of DCA are a few examples of his tremendous team spirit.

This award goes to the senior student-athlete who has exhibited being the consummate teammate. This award carries a $1,000 scholarship provided by the Athletic Booster Club and is selected by the DCA coaching staff.
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